What is a Diploma?

A Diploma is a 12-month course that gives you the foundational skills and knowledge in a specific area of study. A Diploma in Architecture will take you straight into Second Year at UNSW – in a Bachelor of Architectural Studies, Bachelor of Interior Architecture (Honours) or a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Honours).  

It's a great option for international students, if you need a bit more support, but don't want to add extra time to your degree. If you've just missed out on direct entry into your preferred bachelor's degree, or hold qualifications that aren't recognised by UNSW Sydney, this could also be the program for you. 

Intakes

January & August

Duration

12 months (3 terms)

Weekly class time

Approximately 20-25 hours

Progression to Second year at UNSW Sydney

Bachelor of Architectural Studies

Bachelor of Interior Architecture (Honours)

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Honours)

Delivery mode

On-campus

Transition from High school Year Twekves to a UNSW Diploma Program and then to your Second Year at UNSW Sydney

Who is this program for?

The UNSW Diploma Program has been designed specifically for international students. Our Diplomas make it easy to adjust to university, with: 

  • smaller classes and at least 20% extra teaching time 
  • additional English and academic skill support 
  • course material equivalent to First Year courses within the UNSW Sydney degree, and 
  • access to the same facilities and resources as undergraduate students. 

With an innovative First Year equivalent curriculum, you will gain the introductory knowledge you need for further study in Architecture, and a career in Built Environment. 

Why study architecture at UNSW Sydney?

Architecture is about exploring and redefining what place means to people. As an emerging architect at UNSW, you will focus on the physical form of design, and the elevated thinking that supports it. You will learn how to design buildings and settings that will influence and benefit the future of individuals and communities within them. You will also learn how to address every angle in this process, taking wider sustainability, cultural and economic needs into consideration. 

Our teaching staff include experienced academics in an inclusive, collaborative learning environment. With their guidance, you will develop the design skills and technical knowledge to establish impactful careers and influence the industry’s future.  

Career opportunities

  • Architect 
  • Architectural Technician 
  • Interior and Special Designer 
  • Building Surveyor 
  • Town Planner 
  • Production Designer 
  • Structural Engineer 

Your future at UNSW

Once you successfully complete a UNSW Diploma in Architecture, you will progress to Second Year at UNSW Sydney, and choose a degree major to prepare for your future career.  

Note: Diploma in Architecture students must achieve a Satisfactory Grade (equivalent to IELTS 6.5) for the Communication and Academic Literacy course and a minimum pass for all other courses to progress to Second Year of the relevant degree program at UNSW. Students will undertake eight courses in total, including three to five core or prescribed courses, three to five faculty electives and one general education elective (Communication and Academic Literacy course). 

  • Top 100
    Art & Design school in the world

    QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2021

  • Most
    employable students

    AFR Top100 Future Leaders Awards, 2021

  • Most
    creative disciplines

    More disciplines than any other Australian creative school

Program structure

UNSW Diploma students learn the fundamentals required for their future studies in courses that are equivalent to First Year undergraduate courses at UNSW Sydney.  

You get the added benefit of extra support to equip you with the academic and English skills you need to succeed. This will give you a strong basis for your journey into Second Year at UNSW Sydney. 

For more information on each program, see below. 

  • What is architectural studies? 

    A broad overview of the discipline, Architectural Studies covers the bases of both theory and practice. Providing a strong foundation in architectural design and related technical knowledge, this major also offers a background in history and theory, science and technology, construction and structures, and design.  

    Architectural Studies Diploma courses 

    View an example of the courses you will be studying in your Diploma in Architecture at UNSW Global below. 

    Architectural Studies courses 

    • Practical Design Studio 1 
    • Communication in the Built Environment 
    • Design History and Theory 1 
    • Practical Design Studio 2 
    • Architectural Composition & Modelling 
    • Building Environments and Technics 1 
    • Communication & Academic Literacy 
    • Architectural Science & Building Environment 1 
  • What is interior architecture? 

    This design discipline focuses on interior environments as integral parts of our cities, including all aspects of their spatial, social and material assembly. Interior architecture covers the manipulation of spatial elements such as walls, floors and staircases (as opposed to interior design, which focuses on the planning and detail of individual rooms). 

    Interior architecture Diploma courses 

    View an example of the courses you will be studying in your Diploma in Architecture at UNSW Global below. 

    Interior architecture courses 

    • Practical Design Studio 1 
    • Communication in the Built Environment 
    • Design History and Theory 1 
    • Practical Design Studio 2 
    • Architectural Composition & Modelling 
    • Building Environments and Technics 1 
    • Communication & Academic Literacy 
    • Interior Architecture Critical Perspectives 
  • What is landscape architecture? 

    As a landscape architect, you’ll become a creative problem solver, combining art and science to plan, design and manage environments that conserve and celebrate ecology, cultural values and symbolic associations. Landscape architecture involves the designing of open spaces of the future in response to issues such as urbanisation, migration, sustainability and climate change. 

    Landscape architecture Diploma courses 

    View an example of the courses you will be studying in your Diploma in Architecture at UNSW Global below. 

    Landscape architecture courses 

    • Practical Design Studio 1 
    • Communication in the Built Environment 
    • Design History and Theory 1 
    • Practical Design Studio 2 
    • Architectural Composition & Modelling 
    • Building Environments and Technics 1 
    • Communication & Academic Literacy 
    • Introduction to Landscape Architecture & Analysis 

Entry requirements

Before starting a UNSW Global program, you need to possess a minimum level of English language proficiency, as well as meeting specific academic entry requirements. These English and academic requirements are subject to change.

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If you don’t meet the academic entry requirements for a UNSW Diploma Program, you can study a UNSW Foundation Studies Program first.

If you need help meeting the English language requirements, you could study the University English Entry Course (UEEC) before starting your UNSW Diploma Program.

Academic calendars

The academic calendar consists of important dates throughout your study period such as orientation, census dates, study weeks, exam weeks and breaks for your program or course of study.

Orientation Start Census Finish Continue to second Year at UNSW Calendar

 

 

6–May–22

 

 

 

 

9–May–22

 

 

 

 

29–May–22

 

 

 

 

28–Apr–23

 

 

 

 

Term 2 – 29 May 2023

 

 

 

 

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26–Aug–22

 

 

 

 

29–Aug–22

 

 

 

 

18–Sep–22

 

 

 

 

18–Aug–23

 

 

 

 

Term 3 – 11 Sep 2023

 

 

 

 

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13–Jan–23

 

 

 

 

16–Jan–23

 

 

 

 

5–Feb–23

 

 

 

 

8–Dec–23

 

 

 

 

Term 1 – 12 Feb 2024

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diploma fees

2022 tuition fees

$A39,040

To see how tuition fees are broken down by course and units of credit (UOC), visit this page.

UNSW Global fee information

Note: The tuition fee that you will pay depends on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course. Fees are reviewed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed, so it’s important to remember that indicative tuition fees shown above are not guaranteed. Any update to fees is effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are for tuition only – other fees and charges are not included.

Scholarships

Potential scholarships up to
$A7,500

UNSW Sydney International Student Award
Start a Diploma Program in 2022 to receive a 15% contribution towards your tuition fees.
This award is available to students from eligible countries who are starting their UNSW Diploma studies in Term 2 and Term 3, 2022.  

UNSW Pathway Scholarships
This scholarship is for high-achieving international students who wish to study a Diploma or Foundation Studies Program.

Find out more and apply here.

Ready to apply?

If you are an international student completing one of the following qualifications, you can apply for admission to a UNSW Diploma program through UAC:

  • an Australian Year 12 qualification such as HSC, VCE, WACE etc (either outside or in Australia)
  • an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
  • a New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) level 3.

Click 'Apply now' for more information on starting your academic journey with UNSW Global.

Program Code

7006

CRICOS Code

107826B

UAC Code

Coming soon

Why study with UNSW Global?

  • Your path to a global top 50 university

    Successfully complete a Diploma Program and progress directly to Second Year of a bachelor's degree program at UNSW Sydney

  • Support as you learn

    The Diploma Program is designed for international students like you, so you can develop English language and academic skills to take the next step with confidence.

  • Directly connected to UNSW

    The program is accredited by UNSW Sydney and provides full access to UNSW’s world class libraries, clubs and societies.

Diploma in Science student Claudia from Indonesia
The UNSW Diploma Program has helped me by implementing the bases of knowledge needed to progress further with our studies. Furthermore, it gave me more information that helped me decide which major I want to take in university and what path I want to take in the future.

Claudia Velda Widjaja

Diploma student